November is the month to raise awareness and give back to the heroes in the home care and hospice field. November is the month to honor those special individuals who make a positive difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve. November is Home Care and Hospice Month-- and a time to thank the millions of nurses, home health aides, therapists, and social workers who play such a central role in our nation's health care system.
To help raise awareness during the month of November, here are some facts that you should know about hospice care:
- Hospice isn't a place. Hospice is an approach to caring for a patient who is nearing the end of his or her life. Hospice care can be provided in a number of different places, including a nursing home, freestanding facility, hospital, or the patient's home. Many patient's choose to receive hospice care in their homes, where they are most comfortable.
- Hospice provides constant support. In addition to regularly scheduled visits, a nurse is available by phone 24 hours a day. Patients can call for advice and support-- and a nurse can be dispatched to the home if necessary.
- Hospice doesn't rush death. Hospice neither prolongs nor rushes death for its patients. Instead, hospice provides information, caring, and support so that the end of life doesn't need to be a time filled with anxiety or fear.
- Hospice doesn't mean the end of medical treatment. In fact, hospice does provide medical treatment and palliative care. The medical treatment, however, is not meant to cure patients. Instead, the medication and therapies prescribed are meant to help manage pain and relieve symptoms.
- Hospice provides grief support for family members. After the death of the patient, hospice offers continued bereavement services, support groups, and education to family and loved ones.
- The cost of hospice care is usually covered. Patients should never disregard hospice care as an option due to its cost. Most or all of hospice costs are covered by Medicaid, Medicare, HMOs, or private insurance. There are also "ability to pay" rates and help for low income families at many hospices.
- Hospice is composed of a team of compassionate professionals. A patient's hospice team typically includes a doctor, a registered nurse, a home health aide, a chaplain, a social worker, and trained patient volunteers-- all of whom are there to help the patient address end-of-life concerns.
Now that you have a better understanding of home care and hospice, help to spread awareness to others during the month of November. In addition, be sure to honor those in your community who provide this invaluable care and comfort to those in the twilight of life.
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